The Royal Cornwall Museum team have been busy collecting responses in the museum and online to collection items that relate to climate. This has included taking objects outside the museum around Truro in a ‘Guerilla Museum’. The Climate Conversations exhibition displays these community responses alongside objects from the museum’s collections with a focus on climate change and the impact humans are having on the project.



Climate Conversations Engagement Project and Exhibition

Climate Conversations contributes to the Royal Cornwall Museums 2021/22 climate change programme and sitting alongside Tony Foster’s ‘Fragile Planet’ exhibition. Climate change is one of the most pressing global issues we are facing and is something that demands discussion and a collective response. Through a multi-vocal exhibition featuring responses to RCM’s objects by community groups and members of the public, Climate Conversations brings new voices into the museum adds a climate-lens to historic objects from the collection.

– Facilitate discussion and creative engagement with the topic of climate change
– Collect and display community responses to a selection of RCM’s object’s with a climate change lens
– Bring new groups, voices and perspectives into the museum
– Challenge ideas around ‘traditional’ interpretation methods through personal and creative labelling
– Prompt discussion and reflection around climate change from museum visitors


A variety of objects selected from RCM’s collections, spanning social history, world cultures, biology and art and have been chosen due to their potential to inspire people to think about climate change and the climate emergency. The target audience for this project have been community groups local to the Truro area including adult and family visitors to the museum. Through a range of creative interpretation activities ion luggage labels, people had the opportunity to create their own responses, exploring how the objects make them think or feel about climate change.

Guerilla museum

Alongside gathering responses from museum visitors, specific objects were also taken out onto the streets in Truro and used to collect public responses and spark conversations. The Guerilla museum is an important way of reaching new audiences and engaging with people who may not otherwise come into the museum.

Digital engagement

In the lead up to the exhibition there was a #ClimateConversations social media campaign with images of the objects shared online and people were be invited to get involved and add to the conversation, from their homes to include a wider audience.


The community/public responses and their corresponding objects have been displayed in the Spotlight Gallery at the Royal Cornwall Museum. I produced one main interpretation panel which describes the exhibition and engagement process. Selected community responses were displayed alongside the objects as a form of ‘alternative interpretation.’ The rest of the responses were then displayed on a wall hanging installation, with additional space for more luggage labels to be added by visitors; making the exhibition an ever-changing space with new perspectives being added every day.

Conclusion and legacy

It is my hope that this project will play an important role in engaging local people with the topic of climate change and increasing the diversity of voices that are represented within RCM’s walls. In addition to the digital and physical responses created, a less tangible but equally as important legacy of the project will also be the conversations and discussions that it has sparked.

Georgia Murphy

Georgia Murphy

Georgia grew up in West Cornwall and went to SOAS University, where they studied Social Anthropology. While studying she worked behind the bar in a music venue and as a Gallery Assistant at the Migration Museum, while also volunteering on several community heritage projects exploring topics such as migration, grassroots activism and LGBTQ+ identity. After graduating she completed an internship at Two Temple Place, running participatory art workshops and helping to coordinate the exhibitions education programme. They are passionate about sharing hidden histories and increasing access, participation and representation within museums and galleries. As a practicing artist and self-taught printmaker, Georgia also loves working on her own creative projects.

Having completed their traineeship, Georgia went on to work as a Learning Coordinator at the Museum Of London. Following this, they are working at Hackney Showroom as a freelance Arts Engagement Coordinator & Community Outreach.